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Virtual Commissioning of Vehicle Maintenance Operations UNIFICATION

For Swedish vehicle industry to remain internationally competitive, it needs to be adaptable to changes in product variety and volume, as well as increasing customer needs and demands. This results in highly complex production and maintenance situations, where the increased complexity of variability and configurability must be handled. This is even more accentuated when introducing automation on a larger scale in both assembly and maintenance processes. UNIFICATION aims to deliver a general, sustainable and efficient solution for automating both assembly and maintenance operations. The proposed solution shall open up for a gradual increase level of automation independent of the facilities current state. It builds on collaborative robots working together with human operators, and where smart tools can be used interchangeably by humans and robots. To enable this scenario, it is crucial that design and maintenance engineers work together so that the products are designed for automated assembly and maintenance. The project brings together industry (AB Volvo, SETEK, AHRO), academia (Chalmers) and institute (FCC) and use case demonstration in existing industrial facilities will be used for validation, dissemination, and exploitation of the project objectives and results. The project will collaborate with existing national and international projects to enable equipment, preparation and virtual commissioning procedures, and software solutions for handling variability, to be UNIFIED.

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Automation, Digitalization, Maintenance

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19 905 000 kronor



AB Volvo





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